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“Eureka” – Career Choices to Make

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Jack Carter facing change and choices on "Eureka"

Jack Carter facing change and choices on "Eureka"

I thought I would save my next post for when the fall TV season is in full swing, but I felt it was important to throw this one out there. In the season finale of “Eureka”, Sheriff Carter is faced with a life choice. Made me wonder what is the best way to handle life choices such as career change without creating another ‘fail’ moment.

In “What Goes Around, Comes Around”, Carter faces a couple of big changes in his life. His daughter Zoe is going away to attend Harvard. His girlfriend Tess (played by Jaime Ray Newman) is leaving for a job in Australia. Carter finds himself wondering whether to follow Tess to Australia (which may or may not end his tenure in Eureka) or not. Obviously he’s sticking around or else they’d have to call the show whatever Australian town he’d move to, but the point is we all face big decisions, in our lives and our careers. Is there a way to make those decisions less scary? Selena Dehne has some suggestions in “Confused About Changing Careers?“. Aside from doing research into your decision, Dehne also writes that you should consider alternatives to retraining and exploring your career path options in your career change.

Finding Yourself Is Never Easy

For those NOT blessed enough to find your calling when you were a kid, it can be scary making a career change. I’ve made several myself. The biggest question you have to ask yourself is are you making this change for you and your own happiness, or out of obligation to something or someone else. If it’s the latter, chances are it won’t last. Given changes made with the best of intentions still may not pan out, but hopefully you would’ve learned something valuable and applied that knowledge to new experiences. So, if you do find yourself facing a change, my advice is to be sure it’s in the pursuit of your own happiness.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

September 22, 2009 at 5:35 am

“Eureka”- Embracing FAIL

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Colin Ferguson and Jordan Hinson in "Eureka"

Colin Ferguson and Jordan Hinson in "Eureka"

There’s a funny side, a painful side, and a tragic side to failing. What the last episode of “Eureka” shows us is the most meaningful side of failure- the “successful” side.

In “You Don’t Know Jack”, Sheriff Carter’s daughter Zoe (played by Jordan Hinson) is at a loss to decide what memories to add to Eureka’s version of a time capsule. From her perspective, all the memories she has of Eureka are of the mistakes she has made. Henry Deacon (played by Joe Morton), the mayor of Eureka does his best to change her point of view on mistakes and failure. “..mistakes are what makes the exceptional, possible” and “..mistakes can lead to new directions. Sometimes the wrong path, leads to the right path so just give it time, and you will find your OWN path“,  Henry sages. Never get tired of hearing that.

It’s growing trend in corporate culture to embrace mistakes and failures in order achieve greater success more quickly. Arguably one of the best examples of companies and employees embracing failure is a much socially shared video produced by Honda “FAILURE- The Secret to Success“.

I’ve been waiting to blog about this for a long time. It really is the one idea that keeps me going. Hopefully you have been, or will be working for a long time. In that time, if you ever fail or make a mistake, you’re actually doing it RIGHT. It’s hard to get anywhere much less know any real success unless you make mistakes and fall on your butt sometimes. Honda’s employees aren’t the only ones to realize it takes failure to achieve success. Any successful individual who’s above-board will tell you it takes a lot of failing to achieve success. Anyone you think is successful and hasn’t failed is either really good at hiding or lying about their mistakes, period.

No matter what mistakes you’ve made or if you’re the featured subject on the FAIL blog, if you learn from the past, let it inspire ideas about the future, believe in yourself and your dreams, you’ll end up being thankful for those mistakes when you finally hold success in your hands.

Got a story where failure led to success? Post it here.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 31, 2009 at 4:37 pm

Follow “S.A.R.A.H.” – Find A Job Using Twitter

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She doesn’t give out job advice, or retweet job postings, but she is noteworthy for being a FICTIONAL smart house on SyFy’s “Eureka” that just happens to be on Twitter. Yes, the REAL Twitter. If a fictional TV character is on Twitter, then why aren’t you, looking for a job?

S.A.R.A.H. - Sheriff Jack Carter's Artificially Intelligent  Residence on "Eureka"

S.A.R.A.H. - Sheriff Jack Carter's Artificially Intelligent Residence on "Eureka"

When I was growing up, the only way to truly emerse yourself in your favorite TV shows and movies was to go to Universal Studios to take the tour. Now, it’s as simple as a fictional character posting on Twitter to make fans feel like part of the show. While SyFy is using S.A.R.A.H. (Self Actuated Residential Automated Habitat) to keep a fan base, you can use Twitter to find job postings and network your way to a new job. Needless to say there are numerous resources on Twitter job hunting. Tara Weiss provides a few tips on getting started on finding a job on Twitter in “Twitter To Find A Job“. Adam Ostrow writes about a relatively new job search engine for Twitter in “TwitterJobSearch: Find A Job On Twitter“.

In the end, Twitter is yet another social networking site that you can leverage to network with your next boss or find a posting about your next job. Since your limited to 140 characters anyway, it’s quick, it’s easy (with some use and practice), and surprisingly fun.

Did you find your new job on Twitter? Post your story here.

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Written by Reginald Bautista

August 3, 2009 at 11:18 pm

Lesson from “Eureka”- Everything’s Negotiable, Including Obstacles

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The lesson for this post can really be applied in all aspects of life, but it’s fitting advice for managing one’s career.

In the most recent episode of “Eureka” (Fridays @9pm on SyFy), Sheriff Jack Carter (played by Colin Ferguson) must take “Re-certification” exams to keep his job as top cop of Eureka. When the show is on SyFy, you know the exams are never the ones that are multiple choice. Carter is faced with solving  problems such as ‘pushing a button’ that’s ‘very far’ away, separated by a ‘very deep’ man-made chasm.  He’s forced to use physical conditioning, problem-solving, and adaptation skills to successfully complete his exams. In the end, the not-so-subtle lesson is that obstacles can be seen in 2 ways- as walls or doors. All that’s need to walk through the door is knowing it’s a just a puzzle to be solved, and you have all you need so to solve it.

Obstacles Are Mostly Willing to Negotiate, Are You?

Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter in "Eureka"

Colin Ferguson as Sheriff Jack Carter in "Eureka"

For the uninitiated, “Eureka” is about a sheriff in a small town, whose main employer is a government contractor, Global Dynamics, conducting top-secret scientific research for the U.S. Government. The sheriff is charged with investigating mysterious crimes and events resulting from Global Dynamics’ bleeding edge research. Unlike his fellow citizens, he’s an everyman, not a genius and doesn’t have letters after his name. He’s only armed with a witty demeanor, common sense detective skills, and high sense of morality to bring order to his small town. In the episode entitled “Your Face or Mine?”, the show teaches us  that we can overcome any challenge we face, as long as we perceive obstacles as part of the road to achieving our goals, not roadblocks, as Curt Rosengren suggests “Obstacles Are Starting Points, Not End Results.” During the episode, Carter, like many of us, becomes frustrated about what he’s asked to achieve, but ultimately realizes that he has all the skills and tools to 0vercome the obstacles. We should do the same in addition to looking into our past, as Rosengren recommends. We’ve faced and overcome challenges in the past. We should recall our mindset and strategies in those instances and determine how we can apply that knowledge to current and future challenges.

As For Me…

When you’ve been banging your head against the wall long enough to solve a problem, it’s natural to wonder if there’s a solution at all.  In reality however,  there aren’t very many problems that are unsolvable. Speaking from experience, it becomes are matter of recognizing ALL the options and assets you have, in addition to recognizing that the problem has a solution. It also helps to recognize that paralyzing fear and frustration will never help you solve your problems. From there, the many of the problems I face become just “toll booths” on the road to achieving my goals.

Written by Reginald Bautista

July 20, 2009 at 5:36 pm